Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon offers a grand experience with its sheer cliff faces, lush forests, walking trails & swimming holes. Explore Kings Canyon with a three hour rim walk, you’ll be rewarded with marvellous views.

Kings Canyon

Set in the Watarraka National Park, Kings Canyon is 306km from Ayers Rock Resort and is located between Alice Springs and Uluru in Australia's Northern Territory. Watarrka National Park in Australia's Northern Territory covers 71,000 hectares. At the western end of the George Gill Range, these imposing cliffs formed as small cracks eroded over millions of years, and shelter a unique conservation area. Kings Canyon's soaring red sandstone walls can be explored from the air or by foot, with walking tracks for both adventurous hikers and leisure walkers.

Kings Canyon offers a grand experience which cannot be replicated anywhere else. Trace the scenic rim of this ancient canyon on your own, or join a guided tour to learn about the evolution of this remarkable place. At sunrise or sunset, climb to the rim of Kings Canyon and watch light spill across the gorge below, descend its depths into the lush Garden of Eden or explore the unusual weathered rock formations of The Lost City. 

Things to see & do in Kings Canyon

Make the rocky climb to the rim of the Canyon to be rewarded with marvelous views. The 6km Rim Walk may take up to 3 hours and is for the energetic. Alternatively, you may wish to explore the boulder-strewn Canyon floor on the easier 2.6km Kings Creek Walk.

The Rim Walk begins with a challenging 500-step climb. Upon reaching the summit marvel at the breathtaking views of Watarrka National Park and into the canyon itself before descending into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden'. The Rim Walk is a strenuous and exposed walk, only suitable for those of above average fitness. This means; people who are in good health, lead an active life, play sport or walk on a regular basis.

The Kings Creek Walk meanders up the centre of the canyon to a lookout point on the left hand side of the valley, which affords a view of the sheer cliff face at the end of the canyon. This walk is suitable for all ages and requires only a moderate level of fitness.

Getting To Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon to Uluru (Ayers Rock) 306km - 3.5 hour drive from Ayers Rock Resort on sealed road.

Car Rental-All major national car hire companies operate out of Alice Springs. Avis, Hertz and Thrifty car rentals are also available at Ayers Rock Resort. You can choose from a range of vehicles including 4WD and standard Sedan options. Hiring a 4WD is recommended due to unsealed roads. Pre-booking of hire cars is also recommended and car rental bookings can be made through the Voyages Travel Centre.

Please visit the Car Hire page for more information

Coach Transfers - Coach transfers are available and operate services between Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort. Your driver or guide will provide comprehensive commentary as you pass through the beautiful rugged scenery of the outback. Coach bookings can be made through the Voyages Travel Centre.

Please visit the Getting There page for more information on coach transfers.

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